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Uber UK unveils swathe of new safety measures to avoid London ban

Uber UK unveils swathe of new safety measures to avoid London ban

By Rik Henderson

Uber has published a mighty list of changes in its safety measures in the UK, in the hope of avoiding operating bans in London and other British regions.Many of the new practices directly address concerns cited by Transport for London and other regulators... Read more

Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available?

Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Facebook has a version of Messenger for kids - and months after launching on iOS, it's now available on Android.Appropriately called Messenger Kids, it’s a relatively new messaging app designed specifically for children between the ages of six and 12.... Read more

What is Siri? Apple's personal voice assistant explained

What is Siri? Apple's personal voice assistant explained

By Britta O'Boyle

Siri is Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant and she, or he, has been around for several years now.The assistant first appeared on the iPhone 4S and it was described by Apple as the best thing on the iPhone during the launch presentation. As well... Read more

Snapchat custom lenses: How to create your own lens right now

Snapchat custom lenses: How to create your own lens right now

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat has become unnecessarily complicated.We've published so many guides on how the app works and how you can take full advantage of its features, and yet, it updates every other week, which throws a wrench into the mix and makes it complicated for... Read more

Microsoft Build 2018: How to watch and what to expect

Microsoft Build 2018: How to watch and what to expect

By Elyse Betters

The biggest tech companies hold annual developer conferences, and Microsoft's is around the corner.Every year Microsoft spends a few days trying to bring developers and software engineers into its fold with a developer conference called Build. While at... Read more

How to get rid of Snapchat's new update and turn off auto updates

How to get rid of Snapchat's new update and turn off auto updates

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is rolling out a massive update to users in the UK - and people are not happy about it.The update essentially shuffles around core features, like putting Snapchat Stories from your friends on the Chat/Friend screen (to the left of the camera).... Read more

65 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

65 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

By Britta O'Boyle

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, you've probably met Siri, Apple's voice assistant. He is an interesting little fellow, sometimes useful, sometimes funny and other times, a sarcastic little so and so.To most questions you'll get a standard... Read more

Android 8.0 Oreo: Everything you need to know

Android 8.0 Oreo: Everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

Google updates its Android mobile operating system every year and Android O, or Android Oreo, is the latest version which is baked into the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. While there's not a whole lot new visually in Android Oreo, there's plenty that will help... Read more

Google Photos: How to create themed movies of your cat, dog or loved ones

Google Photos: How to create themed movies of your cat, dog or loved ones

By Chris Hall

Google Photos is one of the best photo apps out there for managing and sharing your photos. It's a dream on Android - and standard - but you can also download it on iPhone to take advantage of Google power.Making custom movies has been something that... Read more

What's the point of Snapchat and how does it work?

What's the point of Snapchat and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is confusing. Right?We’ll agree it seems that way. It basically updates every couple weeks, at the very least, adding new features or changing core functions. And, at the end of the day, the whole concept behind Snapchat is, well, odd. After... Read more

BBC Civilisations AR app turns your living room into the best museum

BBC Civilisations AR app turns your living room into the best museum

By Rik Henderson

This spring, the BBC will broadcast Civilisations – a mammoth, lavish documentary series that does for art what Blue Planet and Planet Earth do for the animal kingdom.Presented by Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga, the programmes look at artworks... Read more

Google Pixel Visual Core brings Pixel 2 camera performance to Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat

Google Pixel Visual Core brings Pixel 2 camera performance to Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat

By Cam Bunton

Google has announced that it is bringing its impressive Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL camera performance to third party apps.By switching on the Pixel Visual Core co-processor, third party apps installed on the new Pixel devices will be able to take advantage... Read more

What is Microsoft Edge? The lowdown on Microsoft's Windows 10 browser

What is Microsoft Edge? The lowdown on Microsoft's Windows 10 browser

By Elyse Betters

Edge is Microsoft's latest internet browser. It's part of the Windows 10 operating system and also available for iPhone and Android devices. Edge is coming to the iPad in due course, too. It first debuted in 2015 under the codename Project Spartan.Here's... Read more

10 best ARKit-enabled apps: The best augmented reality apps for iOS

10 best ARKit-enabled apps: The best augmented reality apps for iOS

By Elyse Betters

Apple has its own an augmented reality (AR) platform. Known as ARKit, the company announced it last June, and now, there are a bunch of ARKit-enabled apps you can use on your iOS device.Augmented reality isn't a new technology, but Apple decided it should... Read more

Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify: Which is best for you?

Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify: Which is best for you?

By Max Langridge

The rise of Amazon Music Unlimited has gone hand-in-hand with the rise of Amazon Echo and the Alexa digital assistant. If you set it as your default music service you can ask Alexa for any music you want or you can ask Alexa to play something you'd... Read more

Microsoft Office 365: Should you subscribe to Microsoft's Office suite?

Microsoft Office 365: Should you subscribe to Microsoft's Office suite?

By Elyse Betters

Should you subscribe to Office 365 or buy Office 2016 as a one-time purchase?  What is Office 365? Microsoft's Office 365 subscription service enables you to use of all the Office standalone apps, other Microsoft services, and value-added services... Read more

How to ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to set music alarms

How to ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to set music alarms

By Elyse Betters

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are at war for our ears, and as a result, they often one-up each other with features, like music alarms.For instance, in December 2017, Amazon announced Alexa was updated to include support for music alarms. That means,... Read more

Google Assistant on iPhone: What can it do that Siri can't?

Google Assistant on iPhone: What can it do that Siri can't?

By Elyse Betters

Thanks to a new standalone app available on Apple's App Store, you can take full advantage of Google Assistant and start barking commands at it like you can with Siri.But can it replace Apple's default voice assistant? We'll explain all.  What is Google... Read more

PayPal will no longer be the default pay option on eBay

PayPal will no longer be the default pay option on eBay

By Dan Grabham

eBay is slowly shifting away from its old buddy PayPal. Starting later in 2018 PayPal will no longer be the default payment option for your eBay purchases or sales, although it will take a few years for eBay to fully transition to its replacement payment... Read more

Amazon SmileCodes explained: How to use those QR codes for discounts

Amazon SmileCodes explained: How to use those QR codes for discounts

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has developed its own QR codes to offer discounts.They're called SmileCodes, and you can find them in all sorts of places in the real world. They've been in testing in Europe over the past few weeks, but now they're coming to the US. With them,... Read more

Strava privacy: How to manage sharing, hide your activities and opt-out of the heatmap

Strava privacy: How to manage sharing, hide your activities and opt-out of the heatmap

By Chris Hall

Strava is a great fitness tool and favoured by runners and cyclists. An easy-to-use app, compatibility with both Android and iPhone devices, as well as integration with most other sports watches and trackers - like Fitbit and Garmin - means it's something... Read more

Apple Animoji explained: How to use those animated emoji on iPhone X

Apple Animoji explained: How to use those animated emoji on iPhone X

By Elyse Betters

Animoji are custom, animated versions of popular emoji characters found on iPhone. The feature uses the new Face ID facial-recognition system, which is currently exclusive to the iPhone X, to create 3D emoji that mirror your own facial expressions.You... Read more

What is Google Bulletin, how does it work, and when can you try it?

What is Google Bulletin, how does it work, and when can you try it?

By Elyse Betters

Let's say there is a fire on your street right at this very moment.You might share the news by tweeting about it, posting about it on your personal blog, or sharing a photo through a Facebook post. Going one step further, let's say there is a community... Read more

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

By Elyse Betters

Google is taking on Alexa, Siri, and Cortana with its own voice assistant: Google Assistant.Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May 2016, launched it on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, brought it to Google Home and then Android Wear... Read more

Incredible Photoshop artists who put themselves in the picture

Incredible Photoshop artists who put themselves in the picture

By Max Langridge

Photoshop can be used to create many different images and clever illusions. Some skilled Photoshop artists have taken it upon themselves to put themselves into other pictures, making it look as though they were really there when the photo was taken.We've... Read more

Save £10 off Amazon orders of £50 or more for today only!

Save £10 off Amazon orders of £50 or more for today only!

By Max Langridge

Amazon is feeling the love and passing on some savings in return to all Amazon customers tomorrow, Thursday 25 January. The retail giant is offering anyone shopping on Amazon tomorrow, £10 off selected orders of £50 or more. The deal will go live at... Read more

V2 app: What's the story so far on Vine's successor?

V2 app: What's the story so far on Vine's successor?

By Elyse Betters

A follow-up to Vine is in the works.Vine was a mobile app that allowed users to share six-second videos. Founded in 2012, it became hugely popular almost overnight, which led to Twitter buying it and, well, letting it flounder and fail within a few years.... Read more

Google I/O 2018: How to watch and what to expect

Google I/O 2018: How to watch and what to expect

By Elyse Betters

Google's next I/O developer conference is around the corner.Google holds a multi-day event every year in order to get its developer community up to speed with any new hardware it is developing and all the software or updates it plans to push out to products.... Read more

What is Apple Music and how does it work?

What is Apple Music and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Apple Music is a subscription-based music streaming service.It's packed with features, including offline listening for when you're not connected, and it combines all your music in one place -  even songs ripped from a CD. Apple Music also offers up radio... Read more

Are you looking for a VPN? 5 reasons to consider PureVPN

Are you looking for a VPN? 5 reasons to consider PureVPN

By Pocket-lint Promotion

If you’re looking for a sure-shot way to unblock websites, stream your favorite TV shows and movies, send and receive files anonymously, make online transactions securely and get on the crazy ride of cryptocurrencies, then you are in a dire need of... Read more

Alexa app update adds voice control on your phone

Alexa app update adds voice control on your phone

By Adrian Willings

Amazon has recently updated the Alexa App for Android devices to include the power to use voice commands directly from your smartphone. Previously, the app has only been a tool for accessing settings of your Amazon Echo devices; adding skills, sending... Read more

How to install a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV

How to install a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV

By Steve Dye

Amazon's Fire TV Stick and 4K Fire TV streaming devices each allow you to convert any TV into a smart one. You just plug one into a spare USB or HDMI port and connect it to the internet. This opens up a multitude of new video services, including Amazon... Read more

Proof that Photoshop makes everything better

Proof that Photoshop makes everything better

By Adrian Willings

Photoshop is the gift that keeps on giving and when Redditors get their hands on an already hilarious image, you can be sure things can only get better. There's a whole subreddit dedicated to Photoshop Battles and each year, those passionate Redditors... Read more

7 biggest privacy threats online

7 biggest privacy threats online

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Being online is part of daily life, with Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile internet, and broadband connections spanning almost all of Britain, US and other developed countries.While this gives us an overwhelming amount of information at our fingertips, it also exposes... Read more

What is Spotify Spotlight and how does the new format work?

What is Spotify Spotlight and how does the new format work?

By Elyse Betters

Spotify is trying to reinvent the podcast.It has launched a new multimedia format, dubbed Spotlight, which sounds an awful lot like visual podcasts. The company said it essentially "introduces visual layers" to podcasts, as well as audiobooks, news, and... Read more

28 tech brands that spectacularly went bust or disappeared from existence

28 tech brands that spectacularly went bust or disappeared from existence

By Adrian Willings

Over the years, tech start-ups and giants have come and gone. In the ever-changing world of technology, a company needs to do more than just keep up with the times in order to survive. We've seen even huge companies go bust over the few decades and... Read more

How to use Google's art app to find your face in famous artworks

How to use Google's art app to find your face in famous artworks

By Elyse Betters

Everyone is using a new feature in one of Google's little-known apps.Over the past weekend, if you were on Twitter or Facebook at all, you might've noticed friends sharing comparisons of their selfies to famous pieces of art. That's because Google's Arts... Read more

Pokemon Go will soon stop working on your older iPhone

Pokemon Go will soon stop working on your older iPhone

By Rik Henderson

Pokemon Go has been a worldwide sensation that's for sure. And, even though the craze is dying down a tad, there are plenty of hardcore fans still catching 'em all on the streets of most major metropolitan cities.Unfortunately though, if they have been... Read more

Top 5 PDF editors for Mac in 2018

Top 5 PDF editors for Mac in 2018

By Pocket-lint Promotion

PDF documents are ones that are viewed in the same way no matter what device you're using. They don't rely on application software that may not come preinstalled on your device, so can be viewed by anyone. They're a great way to save on printing and paper... Read more

Google takes aim at Apple Pay with its all-encompassing Google Pay service

Google takes aim at Apple Pay with its all-encompassing Google Pay service

By Cam Bunton

Google has announced today that it's reorganizing all of its web and mobile based payments systems and bringing them into one, simple and far-reaching product: Google Pay. Like Apple Pay this isn't going to just include contactless NFC-based mobile payments,... Read more

43 accidentally hilarious image searches that are sure to make you chortle

43 accidentally hilarious image searches that are sure to make you chortle

By Adrian Willings

If you've ever needed to find a photo on the web, then you know how wonderful and powerful Google Image search can be. A quick search and you can basically find anything from anywhere in the world. Google's image analysis algorithms are getting smarter... Read more

What is Spotify and how does it work?

What is Spotify and how does it work?

By Adrian Willings

Spotify is a digital music streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs, podcasts and videos from artists all over the world.Spotify is immediately appealing because you can access content for free by simply signing up using an email address... Read more

Best budgeting apps: 6 apps to take control of your finances

Best budgeting apps: 6 apps to take control of your finances

By Britta O'Boyle

Keeping track of finances can be a tricky thing to do, especially if you have more than one account or any kind of credit or store card. Money comes in, money goes out and there is the classic saying, the more you earn the more you spend.It doesn't matter... Read more

Best dieting apps: 8 apps to help you lose weight

Best dieting apps: 8 apps to help you lose weight

By Britta O'Boyle

January is here which means you'll probably have started drawing up a long list of New Year's resolutions that you have every determination of sticking to. There might be a certain place or activity on there, mixed in with a few other things like... Read more

New year: Seven tech resolutions to put on your list for 2018

New year: Seven tech resolutions to put on your list for 2018

By Britta O'Boyle

The clock has struck and another year has begun. You have probably made all sorts of resolutions - quit smoking, drink less, go out more, spend less, etc.While some of those are more manageable than others, we have rounded up seven tech resolutions that... Read more

New Year Playlist: Tips for making the ultimate streaming playlist using Spotify, Apple Music, and more

New Year Playlist: Tips for making the ultimate streaming playlist using Spotify, Apple Music, and more

By Elyse Betters

It's that time of year when rocking around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party has ended and we prepare for another bash to bring in the New Year.You may already be getting a little sick of the constant Christmas repeats. And is it cool to keep... Read more

Google Assistant tips and tricks: Master your Android assistant

Google Assistant tips and tricks: Master your Android assistant

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant challenges Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa. You can ask Assistant almost anything, and it will understand your words in context and serve up relevant results in a conversational manner.Assistant has a voice, meaning... Read more

Amazon Alexa app: How to master your Echo or Alexa device experience

Amazon Alexa app: How to master your Echo or Alexa device experience

By Elyse Betters

It looks like a lot of people received new Alexa devices this Christmas, as evident by the Amazon Alexa app, which topped app charts this week.It earned the No. 1 spot on the Apple App Store's Top Free chart for the first time and remained there throughout... Read more

Best of Instagram 2017: The most liked posts and followed celebrities and pets of Instagram

Best of Instagram 2017: The most liked posts and followed celebrities and pets of Instagram

By Adrian Willings

Instagram, the ever-popular photo-sharing service has recently reached a new milestone with a community of 800 million users from around the globe sharing photos on a daily basis. Users engage with the site on a daily basis, following, liking, uploading... Read more

52 of the best tech life hacks

52 of the best tech life hacks

By Elyse Betters

You may not know this... but there are several websites and technology-related tips and tricks out there that can totally simplify your daily routine and make your life much easier in general.For instance, Apple's charging cords for iOS devices and Macs... Read more